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Naaxein (Chilkat robe)

Photo: Paul Macapia

Naaxein (Chilkat robe)


The design of this robe appears to replicate the painted image on the adjacent pattern board. Depicting a sitting bird, the wings extend out on either side of the central body, represented by a face, while the feet and claws are positioned at the lower central section.
Mountain goat wool, yellow cedar bark, natural dyes
66 15/16 x 51 9/16 in. (170 x 131cm)
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Provenance: Mrs. Edith Cross, Sidney, British Columbia; Michael R. Johnson, Seattle, Washington, until 1969; John H. Hauberg, Seattle, Washington, 1969-1983; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Photo: Paul Macapia
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryHamburg, Germany, Donnervogel Und Raubwal, Hamburgisches Museum fur Volkerkunde und Christians Verlag, 1979.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Box Of Daylight, Sept. 15, 1983 - Jan. 8, 1984.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas: Carpe Fin, Nov. 1, 2019 - Nov. 1, 2020.
Published ReferencesHaberland, Wolfgang, Donnervogel und Raubwal, Hamburgisches Museum fur Volkerkundle und Christians Verlag, Hamburg, 1979, p.69, A-30

Holm, Bill, Box of Daylight: Northwest Coast Indian Art, Seattle Art Museum, University of Washington Press, 1983, cat. no. 87

Selected Works, Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1991, pp. 80-81

The Spirit Within: Northwest Coast Native Art from the John H. Hauberg Collection, Seattle Art Museum, 1995, pg. 60

Kirkham, Pat and Susan Weber, ed. History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000, New York: Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, and New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2013, fig. 18.4, p. 441, illus.

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